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Comment: Re:choose 4 hours by direction (Score 1) 450

by tomhath (#48026269) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
He's not saying that. Put the power in a battery or use it at peak generation time - pick one, you can't have both. But the battery won't hold more than a couple hour's worth of power either way and the total cost will be several times as much as power from the utility company.

+ - Japan's Mt. Ontake Erupts, Stranding Hundreds of Hikers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Japan's second highest volcano, Mount Ontake, erupted on Saturday, sending thick clouds of ash into the air. More than 250 hikers were in the area, and the ash and rocks left seven unconscious, eight injured, and all of them stranded. In video footage from the mountain, you can see the thick clouds overtaking hikers, blocking out the sun, and coating them with ash. There have been no reports of lava flows, but flights in the area were forced to divert their routes. (Another video shows the ash clouds from the sky.)"
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Comment: Headline and summary completely wrong (Score 5, Informative) 491

by tomhath (#48008381) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory predicts that distributed rooftop solar panel installations will grow from 0.2% market penetration today to 10% by 2022

That is not what the study shows at all. They did an analysis of what the revenue impact on utility companies would be at various hypothetical levels of PV installation between 0.2% and 10%. It ignored total costs of PV (including installation and maintenance).

Most importantly, the study does not predict that PV installations will grow to 10% or any other level. It is just a "what if" analysis.

+ - Your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "There's a Reuters article on new types of fraud using stolen medical records.

Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc, said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network and stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients."

Comment: Conversion issues (Score 4, Funny) 84

by tomhath (#48001455) Attached to: China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

One of the hold ups for a Chinese interplanetary exploration program is the delays surrounding the development of the Long March 5 rocket, which will be roughly the equivalent of the America Delta IV in its capabilities

They're not used to working from blueprints that use feet, inches, and pounds.

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